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HOW TO NZXT’s Cam monitoring software of the motherboard listing – reveals current temps and other nitty-gritty details. NZXT’s Cam software ( is another popular option with a diverse skill set. Its slick interface is easier to read at a glance than those on most other monitoring tools, and the program shows all sorts of useful info about your CPU, graphics card, memory, and storage. Cam also includes an in-game FPS overlay and 106 TECH ADVISOR • MAY 2018

HOW TO overclocking tools, among other features. You can use NZXT’s Cam mobile apps to keep tabs on your software when you’re away from your PC, too. Open Hardware Monitor ( and SpeedFan ( are other well-regarded monitoring tools that can track system information. You’ve got options. But for simply checking your computer’s CPU temperatures, Core Temp’s straightforward focus can’t be beat. Finally, note that if you’re running an AMD Ryzen system, you may see two different CPU temperature readings. You want the ‘Tdie’ reading, depending on how the program you’re using displays the info. It’s a measurement of the actual heat on the die. The alternative ‘Tctl’ reading is the control temperature reported to your cooling system and sometimes includes a temperature offset to ensure universal fan speed behaviour between the various Ryzen chips. Any of the programs above that list a single temperature account for the offset already. Is my CPU too hot? The maximum supported temperature varies from processor to processor. Most of the free monitoring software mentioned above lists the information as ‘Tj. Max’. That stands for the temperature junction, or the highest operating temperature of the hardware. If you don’t see the information for some reason, search the CPU World website ( for your CPU’s model number to find the information. Every program listed above displays your processor’s model number, so it’s easy to find. MAY 2018 • TECH ADVISOR 107

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